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The majority of U.S. hospitals, including a rising number in Pennsylvania, have taken steps to become tobacco-free. On Jan. 1, 2013, Altoona Regional Health System joined them.
There will no longer be designated areas on owned or leased property for smoke or smokeless tobacco use (including electronic cigarettes) by employees, physicians, volunteers, contractors, vendors, patients or visitors. All must leave hospital property to use tobacco products.
Please click here to download a map showing the areas where tobacco use is NOT permitted.
Please click here to download a map showing the areas where tobacco use is NOT permitted at Station Medical Center.
In addition, Altoona Regional will no longer hire people who use tobacco products.
Patients who smoke will be invited to speak with their physician or nurse about options that are available while they are in the hospital.
Altoona Regional leadership has chosen this path for a number of reasons, all of which focus on the health of our community and our employees. As a major health care system in this region, Altoona Regional must lead by example.
The health risks of tobacco use are well-known and even second- and third-hand smoke are concerns for our patients, visitors and employees.
From an economic standpoint, health care costs from smoking in Blair County are in the millions of dollars. For that and many other reasons, the Healthy Blair County Coalition has made it a goal to reduce tobacco use in Blair County. Altoona Regional Health System is a coalition member and fully supports its efforts.
Should you have any questions regarding the policy, please do not hesitate to contact Human Resources at 814.889.2201 or click here to read a Q&A about the tobacco-free policy.